This week is National Engineers Week. A week in February chosen to align with George Washington’s birthday, thought to be the nation’s first engineer. National Engineers Week is a time set aside to celebrate the contributions that engineers make to our society and to highlight the continuing need and recruitment of others to pursue careers in technical disciplines, science and math.
There have been numerous events throughout the U.S. this week marking engineering accomplishments with notable focus on the significant contributions of and expansion of women in engineering. The week’s theme this year is “Let’s Make a Difference.”
The Discover Engineering website lists 10 Reasons to Love Engineering. All of the reasons are reason enough to love engineering but what resonated with me was the 9th reason: Make a Difference - “… You’ll be giving back to your community," and the 10th reason: Change the World – “… In very real and concrete ways, engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet.”
Offering praise for the contributions of the many engineers at Elbit Systems of America, Ranaan Horowitz, President and CEO, said, “At every turn, our technical experts are knocking down barriers. They are answering questions we didn’t know to ask just a few short years ago. They are solving problems that didn’t exist when our company was founded. Engineering is at the heart of everything we do at ESA, as reflected by our Mission Statement:
"We provide innovative solutions that protect and save lives."
"Those driving factors all speak to making a difference.”
The latest Apple ipad air ad " … Medicine, law, business, engineering—these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life," … brings reflective wonder to the listener as the ad’s expressive imagery and flowing words of Walt Whitman’s “O me, O Life” are recited by “Dead Poets Society” Professor Keating’s familiar voice …
“ … The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
Let’s thank all engineers for their powerful play, their passion, curiosity and dedication to the important work that they do … making a difference … touching our lives in many ways … contributing a verse.
About the Author
Bob Evans is a former KMC Systems engineer accused of going to the dark side of sales and marketing.